Ingredient of the Week: Golden Tomatoes

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Sunburst tomatoes: sweet and succulent
During a recent trip to Thomas Keller's Ad Hoc Restaurant, I came across these bright yellow tomatoes on a bed of garden greens. After returning home to Houston, I was delighted to find these very same golden tomatoes at the local grocery store. Of course, they immediately went into the cart and then straight into my mouth. With the Texas summer coming to a close, here's your chance to get in the very last tomatoes of the season before putting away your salad spinner for the rest of the year.

What is it?

Also referred to as sunburst, sun gold, or yellow tomatoes, the golden tomato is a premiere type of cherry tomato with a sweeter flesh. The golden tomato, like its name, ripens to a golden orange-yellow color. It can be grown in both warm and cool climates, and the fruits tend to mature quickly, cropping heavily throughout the warmer months.

How do I use it?

The best way to eat ripened tomatoes is to eat them raw. Just rinse, and serve in a salad or with a cheese plate.

Where can I find it?

In the produce section of the grocery store. I found these sunburst tomatoes at the H-E-B on I-10 and Bunker Hill.

Recipe: Arugula Salad
This is a base recipe for a salad which I'd build upon by adding and changing out certain ingredients, e.g. Adding prosciutto, roasted beets, and candied nuts while replacing the parmesan with goat cheese and of course using the golden tomatoes instead of plain old cherry tomatoes. I'd also leave the tomatoes whole (instead of halving them like the recipe says) so they can burst delightfully in your mouth.

What do you do with your golden tomatoes?


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Gem
Gem

I make a golden ratatouille from a cookbook: golden tomatoes, yellow bell peppers, squash, sauteed with different spices and served over rice w/turmeric. I add chickpea patties to round it out. Yum.

sallyhoag
sallyhoag

You can also look up your local grocery store or online website Printapons and find a list of the best deals, and the sites will match sale items with coupons.

Chefrd24
Chefrd24

Nice.... Went there last months ... California produce is amazing in napa area..oporto cafe has the same salad you described minus the tomato and add fresh strawberry... Called the rocket salad ..mmmmmm

Christine Ha
Christine Ha

Enlighten me, will you please?  Why is arugula called rocket anyway?  Anyone?

Guest
Guest

Have you read British food blogs? They require a considerable amount of translation.

short rib debacle
short rib debacle

it's called "roquette" in french, turns into rocket in english. also because it will take you on a taste sensation that is out of this world baby.

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